Homeschooling is a programme where a parent of a learner of compulsory school-going age provides education for their child at home. It is an alternative to attending public or independent schools (Department of Basic Education).
How to apply to homeschool your child in South Africa
You can homeschool your child for the following compulsory phases: foundation phase (grades 1-3), intermediate phase (grades 4-6), and senior phase (grades 7-9).
Step 1: Apply to the Head of your Provincial Education Department to register your child for homeschooling
The application is free and it takes less than 30 days to be processed by the Head of your Provincial Education Department. You will need to send them the correct application form and the supporting documents, namely:
parent/s certified ID copy
last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card)
weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
certified copy of child’s birth certificate
Step 2: After your child has been registered for homeschooling you must keep the following:
record of attendance
portfolio of the child’s work
up- to- date records of the child’s progress
portfolio of the educational support given to the child
evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades
In 2017, I changed jobs. I left a job in Midrand in favour of a job at a campus in Johannesburg. The week that I started my new job was difficult (that’s a sad story for another time). However, it ended with a rainbow, which really cheered me up. I took photos of the rainbow and included below. Check out the photos and try to guest which campus I am talking about.
Speaking of campus, here is a short list of some of my favourite campuses in Johannesburg.
Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Graduate School
Institute of Marketing Management was established in 1948. It has provided
industry endorsed, distance learning qualifications since 1960. Specialising in
marketing, business, and supply chain management, the IMM Graduate School has
graduated more than 19 000 students, of which many hold key positions globally.
can attest to the last part about key positions, seeing that I am an IMM
graduate. I studied for a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours in Marketing
Management on a distance-learning basis and I enjoyed every semester of
studying at IMM. I even enjoyed visiting their Johannesburg campus to write exams.
only bit that I did not enjoy was paying a hefty fee upfront for every module. Other
than that #FeesMustFall issue, I love my alma mater and might go back to study
for their Master of Philosophy in Marketing Management (after a doctoral
degree, of course).
Office in Johannesburg at Atlas Studio, 33 Frost Avenue, Braamfontein Werf,
Regent Business School (RBS)
Regent Business School is a leading private higher education institution in Southern Africa, with an ever-expanding footprint on the rest of the continent. The curricula of their programmes incorporate theory and practice to ensure that they prepare students for the world of work by contributing to building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and growing their knowledge of business and industry.
am currently studying for a Masters of Business Administration through RBS and enjoying
it. Distance learning institutions like IMM and RBS have been a good for my
lifestyle. These institutions have allowed me to juggle work, school, motherhood,
and marriage with ease.
Office is at Sunnyside Park,13 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, 2092,South Africa.
University of Johannesburg
The University of
Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the
city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down
to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the
potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. UJ has
transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial
institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000
are international students from 80 countries. This makes UJ one of the largest
contact universities in South Africa (SA) from the 26 public universities that
make up the higher education system.
I have a lot of
admiration and respect for University of Johannesburg. I have so much to say
about UJ but I will dedicate a separate blog post (or ten) to my love of the University
UJ has three campuses in Johannesburg. The main campus is at Corner Kingsway Road and University Road, Johannesburg.
Vega School of Brand Leadership
an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) was
formed in 1999 in anticipation of the shift in the global paradigm.
Conventional marketing and advertising moved toward a cohesion of design,
branding and business. There was a reconfiguration of traditional platforms and
an emergence of new ones.
became far more than just letters and logos, but powerful cultural forces
shaping the world as we know it. Brands such as Google, Greenpeace and Apple
lead the way. This change in the industry arose an urgent need to educate South
Africa’s most talented young minds, in preparation for this brave new world. A
new school of thought was called for and Vega was born.
how I love Vega School of Brand Leadership. I’ve wanted to study at Vega since
I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2014. Unfortunately, I never
took advantage of the ‘study for free’ at Vega School when I was still working
for the ADvTECH Group (which owns Vega School and what feels like a billion
other great schools). Perhaps they will have a doctoral degree before I
complete the MBA at Regent Business School (fingers crossed). All I know is,
one day is one day!